G4 Training Syllabus

Rhythm and Pacing as an Attacker, as a Defender G4

Different rhythms for attacks for defenses, for the combinations of the different movements, by changing the rhythm …

Members only content

Sign up and get instant access!

Video transcript

Different rhythms for attacks for defenses, for the combinations of the different movements, by changing the rhythm you can defeat an opponent. The first rhythm we call it not connected, meaning two strikes, two attacks are practically separated. There is one attack and after that there’s another attack. The time span between the two attacks can be a fraction of second, to a much longer time. Here we can see two strikes, one after the other without really any connection, any integration between them. A kick and a punch or a punch and a kick.

After, you finish one attack then you start the next attack. Sometime, even very short between the end of the first and the beginning of the second. We could see this also in the dry drill. Natural rhythm, here we see two strikes and other type of attacks done in a natural rhythm. You deliver one strike, recoil it and while the first strike returns and is very close to your body then the second strike starts. In other words just before finishing the first attack, what is a punch, a strike, a kick that the next strike starts.

You can see here two straight punches, a kick and a punch. Just before the kick lands, the punch starts its way to the target. Two round house strikes, again when you almost finished the first attack then the second attack starts on its way to the target. We could see this also in the dry drill. Broken rhythm. Here we have more overlapping between the attacks. Two straight punches, kick and punch, different attacks, different strikes, the idea here in the broken rhythm. The moment you start recoiling the first attack you start sending the next attack.

The attacks pass one near the other, half way to the target. Especially the two punches. Regarding kicking and punching, the moment you start recoiling the kick whether it’s with the front leg or the back leg, you start sending the punch. Of course, the position of the body, should be irrelevant so the kick and the punch will be able to reach their target. Two round house strikes here to the moment there is the first hit and the start of the recoil. It is the ignition and the beginning for the second attack.

In a dry drill we see different speeds, two strikes, one punch goes to the target. When it starts to recoil, the second punch starts going towards the target. Same goes with the punch and the kick. The next rhythm, shattered rhythm. Here there’s a moment when two attacks, one after the other is directed towards the targets. Meaning the first attack starts, then the second starts before the first one starts to recoil. We’re landing on the target in a very much of a surprising and shattered rhythm. The fact is that you could also start to two strikes at the same time, but because of the initial stance the front hand will reach first.

While the front hand recoils, you’re turning the body and able to reach, also with the second back hand. This is definitely a surprising rhythm, it can be done with a kick and a punch, or two strikes of course, and the essence of it is there is a moment that the two attacks are traveling towards the targets at the same time. If the broken rhythm with a rhythm of one and a half, this rhythm is one and a quarter. The simultaneous rhythm. Here we can see two or three actions done simultaneously. Two straight punches done at the same time.

It’s obvious that this two attacks may not be as strong as individual attacks. However, it’s definitely surprising and it is serving a specific need for us. Especially bursting towards opponent, overcoming certain type of defenses, and other tactics that we are using in different types of fighting. The option of kicking and striking at the same time, so three things are done simultaneously. You execute the punch with the right, a punch with the left, and a kick all at the same time. Another example kick and punch at the same time.

Naturally the shoulders will be more forward, and the pelvis a bit backwards so the front of the attacks, meaning the front of punch and the front of the kick will be more or less the same distance from the body and from the target. Hitting would be simultaneously. In a dry drilling we can see two strikes then simultaneously, then two strikes and a kick, and also a difference in a counter attack. It can be inside defense an encounter, simulating here an inside defense against the punch, and the simultaneous counter attack.

A defense against a high run house kick while delivering a regular kick to the groin of the attacker. Release from a choke here, release from a choke then with one hand simultaneously attacking with the other hand. Or two hands are removing the attacking hands while the knee is being delivered. Two hands and a knee all doing simultaneously their role.

A. Attacks

  1. Roundhouse punch directed diagonally and downward.
  2. Chop strikes: inward chop (palm up), downward chop, outward chop (palm down).

B. Defenses Against Elbow Strikes (using previous principles and techniques)

  1. Against an horizontal elbow strike - with forearm and palm./li>
  2. Against a vertical elbow strike – inside defense with forearm, elbow forward.

C. Defenses Against Attacks With a Stone

  1. Against an overhead or diagonally downward attack - use stabbing defense.
  2. Against an attack from the front (straight) - inside sweeping defense.

D. Escaping Various Grabs and Holds (Defender Throws Attacker)

  1. Escaping a pushing bear hug from behind, arms free.
  2. Escaping a pushing bear hug from behind, arms trapped.
  3. Escaping a pushing, low bear hug from the front, arms free - roll backward.
  4. Escaping a headlock from the side - attacker takes down – spinning inward.
  5. Escaping a headlock from the side - attacker puts leverage on the neck – backward.
  6. Escaping an arm bar with arm bent backward - bend, send opposite leg backward.

Note: In techniques 1-3, the attacker has slammed into the defender.

E. Ground Fighting – Attacking while on the Ground (end in a standing position)

Required attacks and actions are: all relevant types of striking and kicking; locking fingers; grab and press; shouting; trapping and limiting hands of opponent. Finish by getting up.

  1. Attacking from the mount (on top) position – when on or under.
  2. Attacking from the cross-mount position – when on or under.
  3. Attacking in the guard position – when in or under.

F. Defense Against a Rifle / Long Gun Threat

  1. Rifle threat from the front – inside defense, grabs and lift weapon - to live and dead side.
  2. Rifle threat from behind - trap with both hands - to the live and dead side.
  3. Rifle threat from the side, high/low – outside defenses and trap with both hands.

G. Defenses Against Circular or Straight Knife Attacks - In a Seated Position

  1. From long range, attacker starts in front of the defender or at his side – use the chair or kick (supported lifting body) - attacker can approach from all directions.
  2. Hand defenses - attacker can approach from all directions.

H. Defense Against Knife Attacks on the Ground - Lying Down (Face-Up)

Standing op

  1. Standing opponent, coming from the side, with a downward stab.
  2. Opponent sitting on defender, attempting a downward stab.

I. Rhythm and Pacing - as an Attacker, as a Defender - Including Fighting Drills

  1. Rhythm with two or more attacks/moves - no connection, natural, broken, shattered and simultaneous. Practice in place and while advancing.
  2. Practice defenses against combinations of attacks executed at different paces and rhythms.
  3. Practice fighting games and light fighting.

J. Dealing with a Continuous Attacker – Whilst Executing Previously learnt Knife Defenses
Attacker launches attack during counteraction that the defender is doing against the first one.

K. Simulations of Real-Life Situations/Scenarios

  1. After falling or being thrown or taken to the ground, dealing with a standing or a tight (controlling) attacker.
  2. Two attackers approach a Seated Defender. Dealing with Kicks and Knife Attacks.

Ready for the full length instructional videos?

Join krav maga students, instructors, martial artists, military / law enforcement personnel and self defense beginners from all over the world and become a member of eyal yanilov's maxkravmaga today!